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Clark Wash - South Fork, AZ
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Clark Wash - South Fork, AZ 
Clark Wash - South Fork, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2012
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,658 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.07 mph
1,658 ft AEG      58 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Starting from a locked gate at FR6607 we had no idea where we would be going, how far we'd hike, what we'd see or how long our hike would be we geared up for a 10-12 mile hike, just in case. (which for me meant a 25 lb pack, as usual)

As we approached the Tom Rhodes Ranch two vehicles were visible and we wondered if anyone was there. The closer we got the less likely it seemed as we saw no activity at 11 am and it was very clear one vehicle with no wheels hadn't moved in years if not decades. Still, with respect to private property we stayed on the forest road as it skirted the edge of the fenced 'yard' and continued on.

At this point we could see remnants of an old mining road climbing well up the western slope of the mountains and in an instant the upper terminus of this road became our destination for the hike.

The forest road died off just past the farm buildings and became a cow path, at which point we left it, heading cross-country toward the mountain range. The terrain wasn't bad as we followed numerous game trails along the way and we encountered a number of old mining claims on the rolling hills below the range. Eventually we reached the old mining road going up the slope and followed it through what seemed endless fields of poppies. The road was wide enough for 2-way traffic but every so often trees had grown in the road and we followed pretty well-traveled game trails around the thicker brush up areas.

Eventually we reached a corner where the road ended abruptly with no evidence it had every continued. If they did any mining up here it was very little, which was surprising due to the effort to create this wide road. Oh well, just one of those mysteries I guess.

With nothing more up here we turned back to follow the mining road all the way down with plans to make a wide loop along the South Fork of Clark Wash and return to the TH along the cow path we'd left hours before. We followed the road around until we could see it lead into the drainage and source of Clark Wash. Being completely dry we didn't see much point in continuing up that way and headed back out.

The cow path turned out to be just that as we passed through a herd of Hereford and Brahma's on our return trip.

This was another hike that we likely would never have sought out, yet once we fell into it we were glad we did. Plus we gained more insight and first-hand knowledge of the area and are already planning a few more adventures along the western fringe of the Galiuro range.

I posted 50 photos on HAZ, the full set of 74 photos is here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=57
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